College Possible prepares Riverside students for the next step
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MILWAUKEE - There are signs of student success as you walk the halls of Riverside University High School. Proudly displayed are the acceptance letters of students.
More than 90 percent of Riverside students are accepted into college, and that's due in part to a program called College Possible.
The program enlists Americorp Volunteers like Kyle Nickodem who help teenagers navigate their way to college.
"Watching them grow is the best thing," Nickodem said. "This is a way to say thank you to all the people who helped me when I was growing up."
College Possible students get advice on ACTs, college applications and financial aid.
"We see them start to believe in themselves and see them start to really understand it's a reality for them," College Possible Executive Director Edie Turnbull explained. "They see their ACT score increase, and their senior year they get their acceptance letters. That's probably one of the biggest highlights is when they get their acceptance letters!"
Riverside student Jessica Curry credits College Possible with her acceptance to Whitewater.
"Coach Kyle [Nickodem] has been a tremendous help with writing me recommendations, and encouraging me to apply to different colleges," she said.
Curry is a Bill Gates Scholar and plans to become a teacher. She hopes to make a difference in the same way College Possible has made in her life.